I  love everything Family!!  I am sure you have guessed this with the many posts I have written  which include something about family.   I have worked quite a bit on my own family history ……an amazing journey that I feel is a gift for my children.  I want them to know they are here because of the prayers, beliefs and hard work of those who preceded them in the family.  My daughter can proudly name 5 generations of  grandmothers!!   I am very fortunate because my maternal grandmother kept and shared a lot of family history which we have today.  I even have the daily diary of my Great Great Aunt circa 1900…..a true treasure and window into what life was like during those days….very hard!!

Sankofa design from Kiarablu

Sankofa reminds us to Return & Get what was left behind

I  encourage everyone to do some family research and/or documentation.  It is not only for yourself but also  for the children of your family.   If you are wondering “where do I begin”  ?  I suggest right where you are.  Begin with your immediate family,  your parents and grandparents.  Fill out the family tree with all that you know –  it will be more than you realize!!  Then begin the Sankofa journey……. ask for the information that is missing from other family members….siblings of your parents and grandparents, their children and spouses.  This  can be done at family gatherings ( even if it is not an “official” family reunion) …..bring the tree with you and connect with others and their families.

Click on the image below for your own family tree to fill out!!  

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Mama’s Words !!

April 16, 2012

Today I lift my blog in a toast to all the great mothers of the world!!  It is a hard job but someone has to work on our collective future!!  There are many great women across the globe who have taught, sacrificed and generously given to the children in their lives.  Many are the  parent of the child they nurture but we cannot forget those who mother in the schools, neighborhoods and churches. ….giving selflessly of themselves  when called upon.   

Represents nurturing & discipline

Nurturing and discipline

This life in the mommy “hood” is not an easy existence.  It is filled with many amazing moments of course more good than bad ( thank  heavens)  And because I now hear my own mother’s words flowing  thru my lips each day I decided to create the wordle below!  It is a short sweet snippet of what I think many mothers voice on many days as they work to build a better future for us all!!

Mama Used to Say

 Let no one ever come to you without

leaving better………

……..and happier.

— quote Mother Teresa

 

 

Ok so what did I miss??  What did your Mama used to say?? 

Here are some great sites I love to visit and see all the good Moms are doing around the world:

Take the Million Mom Challenge

World Moms Blog

Mom Bloggers For Social Good

I recently connected with the creaters of a fantastic cartoon series called Bino and Fino on my  Twitter timeline!   Bino and Fino is the name of an adorable  African children’s cartoon now available   that  offers up enriching African culture to our children.  This engaging cartoon is  designed to be an entertaining  teaching tool for kids across the Diapora which addresses topics like African history,  African culture,  African maps,  black history in Diaspora, Life skills, African songs,  African languages, and much more!  

Sankofa "Return and Get it"

 Through engaging stories the cartoon offers the children a fantastic vehicle for Sankofa –  they can connect with the African continent on a familiar media format.  I love this!!  My children were immediately engaged when they watched the video below and it led to a fantastic discussion about colonialism, independance, history, and geography.  We have been studying regions of Africa so the children were happy to look at the map and identify where Nigeria, Cameroon, Togo, Mali  (etc) are   after watching the cartoon!  

Hope you enjoy this  episode of Bino and Fino as they learn all about Nigerian Independence Day . I encourage you to order a DVD for the children in your life!   What other things are you doing to bring Sankofa to youth of your life?  

Nigerian Independence Design from Kiarablu

Happy Kwanzaa 2011!!

December 26, 2011

Sending warm wishes for 7 days of

 beautiful family and community

 connections!

Happy Kwanzaa!!

 

 

Adinkra symbol for Change

Mmere Dane is the Adinkra symbol for Change

Just learned about a great organization  that is working to support positive change around the globe!!  Sevenly is a fantastic organization focused on supporting Charities that make a difference.  Each week Sevenly partners with one charity to raise funds thru the sale of a unique t-shirt design.   This week  (July 3) they have partnered with Hope International to offer families in Congo a chance to change their lives and escape poverty.   

Please consider supporting this organization with the purchase of a t-shirt!   For every shirt sold $7  is donated to the charity of the week. 

Also be sure to link up with them on twitter and facebook to see the new charity t-shirt each week!

Charity of the week - Hope International

Sevenly -t-shirts that make change happen

This post is dedicated to the amazing strength that fathers exhibit as they take care of their families. I have been blessed

WaWa Aba

Wawa Aba remembering strength of Fathers

with some wonderful examples of good fathers in my life – men who stood and cared for their families each day without complaint. I have seen my own Dad, my uncles and grandfather take care of their wives and children in that strong, quiet way fathers do. My husband has also been a truly wonderful example of strong positive fathering. I salute all the men I have known who love and provide for their children no matter what the circumstances. They know that it is their job to support the family financially, emotionally and physically. My own Dad worked a full-time job and created supplemental income using his electronic skills – many weeks working well over 40hrs.

Fathers serve as a wonderful source of the positive power of male strength that children experience. It is something children will absorb and grow to respect if handled well and under the Grace of God!

Wawa Aba is the Adinkra symbol that immediately comes to mind when I think about fathers. This symbol represents strength. The seed of a Wawa tree is very tough – hard to crack. This is symbolic of the strength that fathers have to exhibit. We must continue to teach the next generation the lessons of strength and how to apply it. God has made men strong so they can protect and provide for their families…not hurt and harm them. The man of the family unit has the God-given responsibility to cover his family with his strength like the shell on the seed of the Wawa.

I wish a very Happy Fathers Day to all the strong fathers out there. Keep walking in God’s stength and taking care of your families…. it is your beauty!!

A Halloween Alternative with ANANSI

ANANSI

Anansi  folk tales originated in Ghana, West Africa.   Parents have used the humorous stories to teach their children life lessons for many, many generations.    Today we can find Anansi, his wife Aso and their  children,  happily tucked  into the memories of folks all across the African Diaspora.  From Ghana, to the Caribbean, to the South  Eastern  US,  you will get a wide smile and pleasant reminiscing eyes upon the mention of the  humorous trickster  named Anansi.
During the fall months of October and November, we  see many exhibitions  and inclusion of  spiders.   This is in part because spiders  become more active and visible to us.     It is also a great time to  re-tell and celebrate the adventures of the original Spiderman – Anansi !   Many people  today are looking to find alternatives to  scary,  shadow filled  Halloween parties.    An Anansi  celebration  can provide families   with a fun and healthy  alternative  that even includes stories that teach  life lessons.
There are many activities that you can include in an Anansi  celebration.    My first suggestion is to obtain  a book of Anansi stories.   This will allow you to choose several Anansi folk tales to  read and enjoy during the celebration.   The stories are easy to  read and share,  and they offer plenty of room for  embellishment .  You can  keep the celebration  a simple family affair  or invite friends and  extended family to join in the fun.
Including a karamu  (feast)  will make your celebration extra special.   Because the  Tricky spider is known throughout the  African Diaspora,   there are  a wide range of  foods you can  include.    Black Beans with rice (Anansi LOVES beans) ,  sweet potato biscuits,   and gumbo are just a few yummy ideas that come to mind.   On the sweeter side of things,  you can help the kids to create  Anansi  cupcake pops,  design  spider web cupcakes  or cookies.   Of course  the focus should be on the  FUN so be sure to  use all the creativity you can muster!
Crafting might also be a great way to celebrate the tricky little arachnid.    Girls can create an Anasi/Aso hair clips while the boys  work on  Anansi  knapsack  clasps.   Placemats featuring Ananai  are quite inexpensive when you use  recycled/up cycled materials.

Click here to get your Anansi T-shirt

Our Anansi t-shirt featuring Ananse Adinkra symbol

Last but not least be sure to take loads of pictures to remember all the beautiful smiles this little spider will bring you.  Be sure to share them with us via email or face book!  His antics are a really fun way to spend  one evening this fall.


The Adinkra symbol Duafe represents beauty and cleanliness. These are said to be desirable feminine qualities. The adinkra symbol is also said to be symbolic of goodness, love and care. I think the Akan people realized the value of a feminine view of the world…..that it is important and necessary! Women add beauty to our world in a very special way. I believe it is imperative for modern women of ALL cultures to emphasis this and teach it to the next generation. In a world where women can do just about anything, we have to remember that being a woman IS special and different and that we bring a unique energy to the table!
As we take this month to recognize Women’s History we must be sure to look at the special energy that we offer our husbands, parents, children, friends and the world.

Reach out and Celebrate your Duafe…Your beauty is SPECIAL!

Adinkra symbol Duafe

Sankofa -Family Pictures

February 28, 2010

Just wanting to share this photo of my beautiful Great Grandmother! Wish I could have known her but am so thankful that my Grandmother was so diligent about saving these old photo! I even have a picture of my Great -Grandmother’s  Mother!
How lucky are we…to be able to share these with the next generation! I am working on creating a photo filled family tree for my family to share!

Celebrating my Black History - Great Grandmother

I am Soooooo sorry for getting this to you late! I had unanticipated technical difficulties with getting this up!
What I have worked to put up is a template for YOUR family tree!   This will allow  You to put  the powerful concept of the Adinkra symbol Sankofa into practice right now!!   Go Back and Claim what has been left behind!


Download this tree and fill it in …..then work to find the names that go in any blank spaces!

Call the senior members of your family to learn more about Grandparents, Great Aunts and Uncles and more!


So here is the downloadable link:
FAMILYTREE

sankofa means return and fetch it!

Sankofa means Return and Fetch it!

I would also like to remind you of my offer …….

one FREE Census look up  (1900, 1910 or 1920)

for anyone who joins this blog!

(email subscription to the right–>)


Please continue to strive to go back and fetch your BEAUTIFUL  past!

Those who cannot remember their past are doomed to repeat it!

Celebrate Family!!